Oxford MP weighs in on Botley Road closure

The MP for West Oxfordshire and Abingdon said she is in close contact with the emergency services about their ability, if needed,  to rescue local people and businesses  when the Botley Road closes.

The closure is slated for the 11th of April.

Layla Moran (pictured)  told a reporter:  “Many thanks for copying me into your email to campaigning organisations about the impact of the road closure on our emergency services’ ability to maintain adequate response times to residents and businesses in West Oxford.  Layla Moran

“I’ve also written to our emergency services and am in conversation with them about plans to mitigate impact on response times.  They are meeting with Network Rail again on Thursday and I hope to have an update from them all soon after.

Meanwhile a spokesperson for Network Rail told the INQ: “We are working closely with our partners in Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to mitigate any disruption to local people and communities that arises from the closure of Botley Road and are continuing to work with the emergency services to explore any potential ways in which we can assist them with providing their vital support to the local community.

“In relation to ongoing construction taking place in the city, we’re meeting regularly with the developers of those projects and are coordinating our traffic management plans in tandem with them. 

“Our teams are involved in ongoing discussions with local healthcare providers who are assessing the best way that they can continue to serve the community, with more meetings scheduled with hospital representatives in the coming days. 

“The route from the bus stops on Botley Road to the station is step-free but is further away than the current drop-off arrangements at the station.

“We are working with the bus companies and the city council’s ‘Inclusive Transport & Movement Focus Group’ to discuss accessibility requirements and identify ways to further improve accessibility for all while we are working. We are committed to listening to feedback throughout our works and are open to suggestions for any ways that we can improve accessibility.”

A Facebook page called WestOxfordAccess is also discussing what’s going on. Ψ